Winnifred Anne “Peggy” Frome, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend died on October 17, 2021 in her Afton, Wyoming home at the age of 84. Peggy was surrounded, in her home, by her beloved family where she peacefully passed away due to the effects of a stroke.
Peggy was born on 4 November 1936 to Ashel Hyde and Winnifred Woolf. She and her four older brothers grew up on a remote ranch in Rowland, Nevada. While still a baby her mother died. With no hesitation, her Uncle Golden (Unkie) and Aunt Bertie Hyde became parents to Peggy and her brothers and helped Ashel raise them. She shared many fond memories of her idyllic childhood with her children and grandchildren.
During her teenage years, her family was called by the LDS church to move to Florida and help manage their large cattle ranch. She became friends with Apostle Henry D. Moyle who later performed her temple marriage. She enrolled at BYU where she had a whirlwind courtship with L.D. Frome. They met in January, got engaged in March, and married in June of 1957. Six children were born during the next ten years: Kristi, Kraig, Kathy, Karen, Kimball, and Kurt.
During their 28 years of marriage, they lived in many places: In Provo for L.D.’s degree, in Cody while managing two guest ranches, in Seattle and Montana for L.D.’s USAF service, in Alaska teaching school, and finally in Star Valley.
They settled in their canyon home above Afton in 1971 and became owners of a large outfitting business with Peggy’s brother Gale. Peggy was a stay-at-home mom and a full partner in the business. She and the children bought, sorted, and packed tons of groceries, made thousands of lunches and cookies, and worked on the farm where the large herd of horses was kept. As they got older, the children all spent time working as guides, packers, and cooks in the wilderness. Everyone agrees that Peggy worked harder than anyone else. After the outfitting business was sold, Peggy took some library science courses and worked at the Star Valley High School library for many years.
Her life was defined by her love and loyalty to her family and her faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. With joy and dedication, she served in Webelos, Young Women’s, Primary, and Relief Society. She knew what was right, and she lived it. Her children and grandchildren were taught by her example and her unwavering faith. The greatest test of her faith was the death of Kathy, her middle daughter. Kathy developed adult-onset schizophrenia while she was finishing her degree at BYU and took her own life.
Peggy developed multiple sclerosis which gradually caused her to lose strength, stamina, and eventually her eyesight. With faith, dignity, and determination, she took it in stride and learned to manage her needs.
Peggy never wavered in her tenacious independence and desire to live in her beloved canyon home. There she hosted friends, enjoyed visits from relatives, and spent untold hours on the phone nurturing those in need.
She could not see the new temple below her house, but said, “You don’t have to have your five senses to feel it’s there.”
Peggy will be laid to rest next to her daughter Kathy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Unkie and Bertie, her brothers Gale, Bob, John and Gary and her beloved daughter Kathy.
Peggy is survived by: Kristi (David), Kraig (Joy), Karen (Greg), Kimball (Jennifer) and Kurt (Beate), many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and other loved ones.
A funeral will be held in her honor on Thursday, October 21st at the Afton 4th Ward, 165 E 5th Ave. with a viewing at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. To attend the service virtually via Facebook Live or to leave condolences on Peggy’s memorial page visit schwabmortuary.com.